Ensuring a Center for Student Leadership

President John Quincy Adams said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” Husson University is a leader. This can be seen in the lives and accomplishments of its more than 20,000 graduates. Graduates like:

Richard E. Dyke

Richard E. Dyke, ’58, ’76(H), business owner and entrepreneur – a man who has given Maine a stronger economy by turning around dozens of struggling enterprises.

Saunra Pelletier

Saundra Pelletier, ’89, ’91, who rose from an inauspicious background in Caribou, Maine to become an innovator and leader in the delivery of women’s reproductive health as the CEO of Woman Care Global (WCG) and Evofem Inc. in San Diego, California.

Kris Doody

Kris Doody, ’97, the CEO of Cary Medical Center in Caribou, a 65-bed acute care hospital, who recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders.

Edward O. Darling

Edward O. Darling, ’64, past president of Downeast Toyota-Scion in Brewer, a family owned business. Darling, who started in the service and parts divisions of his family’s company, eventually rose to become the leader of one of Maine’s most respected automotive dealerships.

Sae-Il Lee

Sae-il Lee ’70, ’13(H) of Seoul, South Korea, a visionary who turned around his family business and remade it into the hugely successful Lee Haus Corporation. Lee is also the president of Vikotex and the managing partner of Daihan Calsonic. 

Michael Williamson

Michael E. Williamson, ’87, a three-star general who has distinguished himself through military service as a member of the U.S. Army. He is currently the principal military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology (ASA(ALT)) and the director of acquisition career management.

Deborah Carey Johnson

Deborah Carey Johnson, ’87, ’10(H), 
who after studying nursing, completed her master’s degree in business at Husson and became the president and CEO of Eastern Maine Medical Center, a 411-bed acute care tertiary referral hospital for northern, eastern and central Maine.

Richard Trott

Richard c. trott, jr., ’65,  Owner and founder of Trott Real Estate achieved success in residential and commercial development as well as forest products.



Author Jim Collins in his book, “Great by Choice” says of leaders: “The best leaders we studied did not have a visionary ability to predict the future; they observed what worked, figured out why it worked, and built upon foundations.”

To help our students reach their full leadership potential, Husson envisions establishing a student leadership center. Within the center, business leaders and students will work together in a mentoring way to learn the teachable traits that make people successful in positions of authority. The Center will work with students and provide them with opportunities that inform, challenge and inspire individuals to become great leaders.

We invite you to join us in providing our students with this important opportunity to transform their lives.

The campaign Student Leadership Center goal is for a $1,000,000 endowment.